Beneath You-Buffy wakes from a bad dream with the warning, "From beneath you, it devours." Xander meets a young woman, Nancy, who's dog was eaten by a large creature that burrowed up out of the ground. Spike offers his assistance in dealing with the monster, but Buffy and the gang are still a little uneasy about having him around. In tracking down the monster, the Scoobies soon discover that an estranged friend has returned to her old ways. Meanwhile, Willow has mixed emotions as she prepares to leave England and return to Sunnydale.
Another standard episode with a pretty disposable plot. Sure, the episode begins with another tense chase sequence with another girl and the hooded men as well as Buffy having a mysterious dream about what's to come. But once you see the crappy CGI of a monster moving underground through Sunnydale, the episode kinda loses any form of intrigue. Every moment with the Worm monster is laughable but the story does have it;s moments, like Niancy. She seemed pretty cool and down to Earth, the awkward flirting between her and Xander was fun as well as when Anya is revealed to be responsible for the worm monster. The confrontation at the Bronze was hilarious , especially when Nancy learn how many hook ups happened between Anya, Spike, Xander and Buffy. Gotta love the moment where she asks who hasn't sleep with each other then Xander and Spike looking at each other with disgust. I also love the moment where Anya realizes Spike has a soul and all hell breaks loose. Speaking of Spike, James Masters was riveting here, especially during the last few moments of the episode. Fromaccidentallystabbing Nancy's boyfriend when the spells reversed to that chilling visual of him burning himself on the cross, by far one of his best performances. Sarah Michelle Gellar was also stellar when Buffy finds out the truth and is overwhelmed. I really liked the scenes between Buffy and Spike this episode, from hisabruptreturn at Buffy's home to Buffy having flashes of him raping her when they are investigating.
We also get more foreshadowing of what's to come this season when Willow gets a vision of the Hellmouth opening as well as Willow coming to terms with what awaits her when she's about to return home to Sunnydale. Overall, a okay(ish) episode but some superb acting work from James Masters though.